Tourist says her flight from Dominican Republic was full of sick passengers


  • Tracy McCraw of Mississippi went on a quick vacation with her daughter to the Dominican Republic but she fell ill after their first day.
  • McCraw, who went there with other mothers to celebrate their daughters’ graduation, said she was not able to enjoy their 5-day trip.
  • To her surprise, the flight they were on going back to the U.S. was full of sick passengers with the same flu-like symptoms she experienced.

Tracy McCraw of Madison, Mississippi, who went on a mother-daughter trip to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, says she fell ill during that short trip. To her surprise, she was stuck on an awful return flight filled with sick passengers having the same symptoms as she.

“It wasn’t like you usually go on a plane and you’re leaving and see other people sick on the plane,” McCraw told The Post. “There was one lady next to me who was all bundled up and I could tell she was sick. It was obvious.”

McCraw’s unnamed illness is reported to be the latest in a recent outbreak of terrifying cases on the island, including a group of Oklahoma teens on a senior trip in the same resort town who were rushed to the hospital.

The 49-year-old arrived at the Royalton Punta Cana resort on May 21 to celebrate her daughter’s high school graduation together with the other moms and daughters.

But she immediately got sick after the first day with a 102-degree fever and a stomach ache.

“It wasn’t like a stomach virus, and I’ve had a stomach virus and food poisoning before,” McCraw said.

McCraw opted to stay in her room rather than visit the local hospital. She said she saw the hospital condition and it seemed like she would only get worse there.

Though she started to get well on the last day of vacation, she was still upset about not being able to have quality time with her daughter as initially planned.

“It was just going to be a girls trip and it didn’t work out,” McCraw said.

On their way home, two other members of her group fell sick with the same symptoms. She honestly still had no idea why she got sick.

Soon after she got home, McCraw saw reports of the Maryland couple, Nathaniel Edward Holmes, 63, and Cynthia Day, 49, who were found dead at the Grand Bahia Principe hotel in La Romana, Dominican Republic, about 60 miles east of Punta Cana. They reportedly died of respiratory failure and pulmonary edema.

Miranda Schaupp-Werner, 41, of Pennsylvania, died of a heart attack at the same resort on May 25 after drinking from the minibar in her room.

“I think there’s a bunch of issues going. The United States is really good at taking care of us with their policies and food, and we go over there and they don’t,” McCraw told The Post.

A comment was already requested from a representative for the Royalton Punta Cana resort, but did not immediately respond.


Source: New York Post

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